Archive for February, 2019

The Magazine of Santa Clarita: Chiquita Canyons Recycling Awareness and Education Program

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Chiquita Canyon has a recycling awareness and education program for the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. The following items are accepted: mattresses, electronic waste, household hazardous waste, white goods, and metals.For more information, residents can call Chiquita Canyon at 661-257-3655 or visit www.chiquitacanyon.com for more information on the recycling and education awareness program.

“Chiquita Canyon is available to help residents of our Valley to properly recycle certain items,” stated Steve Cassulo, District Manager of Chiquita Canyon. “Residents can find more information about our recycling services at our local libraries or visiting our webpage.”

Permitted for more than 50 years, Chiquita Canyon is a regional landfill that provides the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding Los Angeles communities with environmentally safe and efficient waste disposal services. Chiquita Canyon is located in Castaic, California, approximately 3 miles west of the Interstate 5 on State Route 126 in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Chiquita Canyon, like other solid waste landfills, over time generates gases which are safely converted into a valuable source of clean energy. Chiquita deploys a state-of-the-art gas recovery system to collect and convert the gas, generating clean energy for 10,000 homes.

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The Signal: Chiquita Canyon successfully appeals $5M in fees after county hearing officer ruling

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Chiquita Canyon Landfill no longer has to pay more than $5 million in penalties and fees imposed by Los Angeles County Public Works after the county hearing officer ruled in favor of the landfill in an appeal.

On Feb. 20, Department of Public Works officials announced that Hearing Officer Rossana D’Antonio’s decision “is to rescind the Enforcement Order of Aug. 30, 2017 and any associated administrative penalties.”

“The company is pleased with the decision and appreciates the close attention of the hearing officer to the evidence and law,” James Little, senior vice president for engineering and disposal for Waste Connections, which owns and operates the landfill, said in a prepared statement.

Public Works issued the order at the time for what it determined to be delinquent fees totaling $5.13 million, alleging that Chiquita Canyon underpaid solid waste management fees as a result of failing to comply with reporting requirements involving “the quantity of beneficial reuse materials being received, processed and disposed at the (Chiquita Canyon Landfill)…,” according to the hearing officer’s six-page decision.

In her findings, she points out the disposal of clean soil at the landfill. She said fees are calculated for each landfill based on the amount of solid waste that is received, collected, conveyed or hauled. D’Antonio found that Chiquita Canyon did not dispose of clean soil at the landfill, which would have qualified for fee application. The landfill instead stored soil for daily cover and other practical uses at the locale.

The hearing officer also found that Public Works “failed to demonstrate its independent authority under the (Los Angeles County Code) or statute to reclassify clean soil as excessive beneficial reuse material, making it waste and subject to the (solid waste management fee).”

D’Antonio also rejected what the department called an “industry standard” 4:1 ratio for what constitutes excessive beneficial reuse and instead said it was “anything but arbitrary,” due to lack of evidence or testimony.

“This hearing officer recognizes that the operation of a landfill is dynamic and that waste-to-cover ratio determinations and calculations are not an exact science,” the decision reads.

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Chiquita to Host Castaic & Val Verde Residents Free Disposal Day on March 2nd

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Chiquita Canyon Landfill will hold its next Free Disposal Day for the residents of Castaic and Val Verde on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The landfill will allow free disposal from 6:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. to community members with proof of residency.  No hazardous materials will be accepted.  For more information, please contact Chiquita Canyon.